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Black Is the Color

Black, black, black is the color of my true love's hair
His lips are something wond'rous fair
The purest eyes and the bravest hands
I love the ground whereon he stands
Black, black, black is the color of my true love's hair

Love my love and well he knows
I love the ground whereon he goes
And if my love no more I see
My life quickly fade away

Black, black, black is the color etc.

 

Submitter comment:

This version of Jean Ritchie and Jacob Niles is from southern Appalachia.

Data entry tech comment:

Joan Baez's version of a folksong from southern Appalachia.

Where learned: Joan Baez tape ; southern Appalachia

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic

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I Never Will Marry

I never will marry I'll be no man's wife
I intend to live single all the days of my life

Some say that love is a gentle thing
It only has brought me pain
And the only boy I ever loved
Is gone on the midnight train
I never will marry etc.

Your company your company
Your company unto me
It makes me feel wile I'm away
That every day is three
I never will marry etc.

You'll see the grass whereon you
Arise and grow again
But love it is a killin thing
Did you ever feel the pain
I never will marry etc.

I wish my heart were made of glass
Wherein you might behold
All the wonders of my love
The letters are writ in gold
I never will marry etc.


 

Submitter comment:

This is part of the British ballad known in America as "down by the sea shore."

Data entry tech comment:

Joan Baez's version.

Where learned: Joan Baez tape ; British ballad

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic

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Lady Mary

He came from his palace grand, He came to my cottage door
His words were few, but his looks will linger forever more

The look in his sad dark eyes, More tender than word could ever be,
But I was nothing to him and he was the world to me

There in her garden she stand All dressed in fine satin and lace, Lady Mary so cold and so strange, Who finds in his heart no place

He knew I would be his bride, With a kiss for a lifetime fee
But I was nothing to him and he was the world to me

And now in his palace grand, On a flower strewn bed he lies
His beautiful lids are closed O'er his sad dark beautiful eyes

And among the mourners who mourn, Why should I a mourner be
For I was nothing to him, But he was the world to me

 

Submitter comment:

This song comes from the Ozark Mts. as collected by Vance Randolph and May Kennedy.

Data entry tech comment:

Joan Baez's version.

Where learned: Joan Baez tape ; Ozark Mountains

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic

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Wagoner's Lad

Oh, hard is the fortune of all womenkind,
She's always controlled, she's always confined
Controlled by her parents until she's a wife
A slave to her husband for the rest of her life.

Oh, I'm just a poor girl, my fortune is sad
I've always been courted by the wagoner's lad
He's courted me daily by night and by day
And now he is loading and going away

Oh my parents don't like him because he is poor
They say he's not worthy to enter my door
He works for a living his money's his own
And if they don't like it they can leave him alone

Oh your horses are hungry go feed them some hay
Then sit down beside me as long as you may
My horses ain't hungry they won't eat your hay
So fare thee well darlin I'll be on my way

Oh your wagon need greasing your whip is to mend
Then sit down beside me as long as you can
My wagon is greasy my whip in my hand
So fare thee well darlin no longer to stand

 

Submitter comment:

The lyrics and verses of this ballad are from Appalachia.

Data entry tech comment:

Joan Baez's version.

Where learned: Joan Baez tape ; Appalachia

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic

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The Water Is Wide

The water is wide I cannot get o'er, neither have I wings to fly. Give me a boat that can carry two and both shall cross, my true love and I.

I leaned my back against an oak, thinking it was a mighty tree. But first it bent and then it broke, so did my love prove false to me.

I put my hand in some soft bush, thinking the sweetest flower to find. I pricked my finger to the bone and left the sweetest flower behind.

Oh, love is handsome and love is kind, gay as a jewel when it was new. But love grows old and waxes cold, and fades away like morning dew.

The water is wide I cannot get o'er etc.

 

Submitter comment:

Originally part of a long Scots ballad "Lord Jamie Douglas." All that remains is the emotional core of the ballad.

Where learned: SCOTLAND ; Joan Baez tape

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic

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I am a man of constant sorrow I've seen troubles all my days
I'll bid farewell to old Kentucky the state where I was born and raised

All through this world I'm bound to ramble through sun and rain
And driving rain I'm bound to ride that Northern Railway perhaps I'll take the very next train

Your friends may say that I'm a stranger my face you'll see no more
There is a promise that is given I'll see you on God golden shore

I always thought I'd seen trouble now I know it's common run
I'll hang my head and weep in sorrow just tot hink on what you've done

And when I'm in some lonesome hour and I'm feeling all alone
I'll weep the briny tears of sorrow and think of you so far-a-gone

Oh, I'm a man of constant sorrow, etc.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Joan Baez's version.
 

Where learned: Joan Baez tape

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad Epic

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